Film love

Well, a time has come for me to get ‘back’ into film. I say ‘back’ like that because i never really was seriously into photography before digital. I always had a small camera of some kind, but it was for fun and nothing of any thought. The last 4 years or so i have had a DSLR and have been learning from others and teaching myself on all kinds of YouTube tutorials and camera forum threads. Endless forums…  Lately i have felt the need to slow down my photography. To know what each shot feels like when i click that shutter. To take my time and take in the world and my surroundings. So, film rangefinders it is. I like the rangefinder because it almost is like an extension of my eye. I can look through the rangefinder and see pretty much what i see without it there. The 0.85 finder and 35mm lens is a great combination. Real life. Now, i have a few film cameras. All of which i like.

Except this one.

It is a Leica M6.

And i love it!

Leica M6 ttl with a 0.85 finder to be exact. Plus a Voigtlander 35mm ƒ/2.5 lens on it.

Don’t get me wrong, i will still love my DSLR and use it for most things, but this little beauty will be with me everywhere and be documenting my life around me more than ever. It is built so well and even though it’s over 10 years old, it’s in mint condition. It feels like something that’ll out last me and keep on going. Many thanks to Bellamy at Japancamerahunter.com for finding this for me. He’s a legend.

Now to just find some bulk film and setup a home developing studio.

Here are a handful of images i took with my 100mm macro and the 5dmkIII to show you some details of this fine camera. The last one is a shot of my bag setup when shooting film only. Ready for anything.

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Dollars vs Decisions.

 

 

A problem i’ve thought about every time i come home with a card or two filled with images. What to do with the overflow of images i cannot use right away, or are unusable all together. They fill up hard drives, both internal and external. If not needed now, will they be needed tomorrow (or next year). If totally useless, do i put them to death forever. Instant, brief existence, then death. At the time of writing this i keep everything. Empting all contents of cards onto hard drives, and backing up on a mirror drive. Always two copies of everything. But as the cameras i own get sizable and the megapixels and shutter speeds are growing, i am thinking of other ways to deal with it all. It all comes down to dollars vs decisions. Spend the dollars on backup systems, or make decisions on what to keep and what to cull. I read this artical on the Assignment-Chicago page, and it kind of made sense. I have to change the ways i’ve gone so far. I have to learn to like deleting. It has to be done. I might start tomorrow.

Here is the link: http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/assignment-chicago/2012/10/delete-some-of-those-imagescarefully.html